Abuja — CROSS River State Government has disbursed more than N470 million to 55 communities in 12 Local Government Areas across the state for the execution of various community-based projects.
Speaking during the presentation of cheques to the beneficiary communities in Calabar, Governor, Liyel Imoke, described the model of using communities for the execution of projects as cost-effective and result-oriented.
The Governor called on the beneficiaries to use the money wisely for the purpose which they are released and ensure the projects were executed within the timeframe and in line with quality specification.
He said such projects created value to the communities because the people, who were the beneficiaries, were involved.
The Governor charged chairmen of local government areas to impact on rural communities.
He called on the communities to take ownership of the World Bank-assisted projects.
Imoke charged political officer holders in the state to sensitize their subjects on this approach with the view to attracting rapid development to their respective domains.
“I will make sure those who hold political offices but have not contributed to community based projects in their areas are booed by the people they represent,” he said.
General Manager of Cross River State Community and the Social Development Agency hailed the programme, which started in 2009 with the assistance of World Bank, as the most successful in the country. He lauded the Governor for not interfering with the administration of the agency.